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Highlights of the Southern Skies

A vertical panorama showing some of the highlights of the south hemisphere sky.


From top to bottom Alpha & Beta Centauri. Alpha is the third brightest star in the night sky and it can be seen how it contrast in color with Beta Centauri.


Then the dark Coalsack nebula and the constellation Crux, the southern cross. Gamma Crux is a Red giant and the color can be seen contrasting against the other stars.


Below Crux the Eta Carina Nebula, a bright nebula that can be seen with the naked eye from dark locations.


Tech Details:


A fog filter was used to make the stars bigger, a nice side-effect is that the stars don't get saturated and the real color of each star is preserved. I used a Tiffen double fog filter.


I also stacked a star-8 filter to add the spikes in the brightest stars.


All done in camera without any special processing just stitch the shots.

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Taken on September 2, 2012